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Tanzania August 2017

Tarime, Tanzania August 4-13, 2017

We are partnering with East Africa Christian College (EACC) in providing theological training for pastors in the Tarime region along the Tanzania-Kenya border. This newly opened school is strategically located in an area underserved by pastoral training ministries. Recent gospel advances make the need for equipping pastors especially urgent. We currently teach Swahili-speaking pastors (via interpreters) in a Certificate Program and in 2017 we anticipate teaching English-speaking pastors in the new Diploma Program. TLI has also been asked to teach a bi-annual conference for regional church leaders, which has been well-attended. Tanzania is a beautiful country, home of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti National Park, which is located a few hours drive from EACC Courses: Ruth/Jonah - Swahili (Certificate level) Biblical Theology - English (Diploma level)

Follow along as teachers in the field offer their experiences as they share theological training with local church leaders.

Field Notes   Tanzania August 2017

Aug  14th,  2017Arguing from the Text and the Joy of Seeing Them Get It

August 9th, 2017

A number of our trainees in Biblical Theology are clearly having “light bulb moments.” They are making connections between different parts of the Bible. They are excited to see how the Old Testament builds hopes and expectations that God will keep His promises and fulfill His plans in Jesus. Even in the face of occasional language difficulties, it is clear that many of these dear brothers are “getting it.”

One such moment – the most exciting for me so far – came in a discussion in class today. I wrote two statements on the chalkboard and asked which was true to the Exodus account of the giving of the law: “Obey God so that He will save” or “Obey God because He has already saved”? One Tanzanian pastor said, “The first is right.” (That is not the light bulb moment, by the way.) Before I could push back, another pastor piped up, “I think the first is wrong. The second one is right.” Oh? Why? “Because here in Exodus 20:2, God had saved them first.” Not only was the second pastor arguing for an opinion (which was exciting enough for me to see such engagement), but he was basing his opinion on the text of Scripture! My heart was filled with excitement that in that moment I did not need to be the one to point to the details of the text; the trainee did it himself. We want to work ourselves out of a job, having the trainees themselves turn to Scripture and not rely on us. We tasted that today in Tanzania.

Jonathan Worthington

Director of Curriculum Development, TLI


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Aug  14th,  2017How Does God's Redemptive Plan Apply to Your Life?

As I write this, I'm enjoying the beautiful sound of Tanzanian brothers singing praises to our God and King.  Even though I can’t understand the words, it is a sound that makes my heart long for the New Heavens and New Earth where men and women from every tribe and tongue will gather together to sing praises to the Lamb.

Our time in Tarime continues to fly by.  Jonathan and I have been encouraged by the engagement of the students in our Biblical Theology class.  As we closed our sessions for today, the class shared ways they can use the story of God’s redemptive plan in their own ministries. We were encouraged as we heard example after example of teaching being applied in the ministries of these gospel servants. 

Please continue to pray for us.  Everyone remains in good health and in good spirits, we want to continue serving faithfully here in East Africa Christian College. We appreciate your continued prayers.

Jordan Gowing

Short-term team member


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Aug  9th,  2017Equipping Tanzanian Pastors to Proclaim God's Word


August 7, 2017

                After flying over countless countries, we have arrived here with a warm welcome in Tanzania. These four Muzungus (white people) have been embraced with joy that exceeds expectations. After two days here, one thing is for certain: if anyone thinks they have tasted good tilapia, I am convinced that they ought to think again. Our hosts here at East Africa Christian College in Tarime, Mara, Tanzania are faithful men eager to train and be trained in faithful Bible exposition. They are full of prayer. They are hungry to learn. Preaching the Word of God is the default mission of these men. They are full of conviction, unction, and ambition. Our hope as a team is to overcome their lack of resources with the tools needed to accomplish their unified mission with more effectiveness and, with the Lord’s help, more fruit. Please pray that as we teach and preach, these men would be equipped to proclaim God’s Word by God’s power to God’s people here in Tanzania. One of the highlights of the day was a trip through town to encounter some of the local businesses and people of Tarime. We were greeted by smiling children, welcomed by local merchants, and we learned bits and pieces of Swahili.

We are looking forward to the challenge ahead as we press on to guard the good deposit and advocate for the proclamation of the whole council of God. We ask that as you read along this week, you would partner with us in prayer, and praise God that knowledge of him is increasingly filling the earth.

Adam Callaway

Short-term team member


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